Visual stories in photobooks

How do you tell visual stories in photobooks?

Webinar 10 – Order in Chaos

This edition looks at seven books that each show conflict, and we discuss how the photographers created order in the chaos of conflict around them to tell their story.
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Webinar 9 – Travelogues

In this edition I look at several travel books, and how a travel story can be told effectively in a photo book. Also, I assess the importance of the texts and how they are used to contextualise the photography.

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Webinar 8 – Heroes

This edition of the webinar series on visual stories in photobooks looks at the concept of the ‘hero’ and how it can be depicted in photographic publications. We look not only at three photobooks but also at two historical magazine publications. 

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Webinar 7 – The family album 

In this edition I discuss four examples of photographers who have used the format of the family album to tell their story. These stories can be highly personal, or they are about the lives of others. We also look at a combination of storytelling formats, to talk about environmental disaster and the impact on the lives of people.

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Webinar 6 – World Press Photo Story of the year

World Press Photo announced the winners of its annual competition on the 14th of April. In this webinar we look at the winners of the World Press Photo Picture and the World Press Photo Story of the Year, we discuss the visual structure of the winning images, and look at how the narration of the story is constructed.


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Webinar 5 –  Limitation as opportunity

In this lecture I discuss projects from the exhibition North Korean Perspectives. How different photographers have worked within and with the limitations set by the North Korean state to share their perspective on the country and its people.


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Webinar 4 – Regained urgency

Now that most people are being forced to spend more time at home to we hear of a dramatic increase of domestic violence. In this new situation, old stories that deal with this subject are even more urgent than before. In this lecture I look at how projects can regain their urgency.

Featuring works by Arianna Sanesi and Donna Ferrato

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Webinar 3 – Effects of a new reality

The Corona crisis has affected many people worldwide, it seems to be redefining our society. In this lecture we introduce photographic projects that reacted to another crisis with a huge impact on Japanese society; the tsunami of 11 March 2011. 

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Webinar 2 – Visual Story Formats 2

In this lecture Marc shows more books and includes the investigation, the continuous story and a combination of typology and narrative as ways to visually create stories.

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Webinar 1 – Visual Story Formats 1

This first video introduces the concept of classifying visual stories into categories based on the narrative format, such as the visual diary, the portfolio, roadtrip and the visual narrative.

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Visual stories in photobooks

A semi-live talk on different storytelling formats in photobooks.

In this 30 minute talk, story editor Marc Prüst introduces his approach to visual stories.

Through a collection of photobooks he shows various formats of photographic story formats, such as the typology, the portfolio, and the narrative.

This presentation is part of the Tell Your Story project that includes a research into business and distribution models for documentary photographers, a publication with the results and a practical manual on how to develop a photographic project.

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